Contract claims in the employment tribunal
Contract claims in the employment tribunal

The following Employment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Contract claims in the employment tribunal
  • Claims for unpaid wages or salary
  • Employment tribunal's limited jurisdiction
  • Compensation limited to £25,000
  • Relevant claim—employees and apprentices only
  • Personal injury claims excluded
  • Claim must arise, or be outstanding, on termination of the employee's employment
  • Certain types of contractual claim excluded
  • Claims arising from settlement agreements
  • Where the employee's losses exceed £25,000
  • More...

Contract claims in the employment tribunal

UPDATE: On 26 September 2018 the Law Commission launched a Consultation paper on Employment Law Hearing Structures seeking views on how the shared jurisdictions of the employment tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and the civil courts could be improved upon, including the jurisdictional boundaries between them, areas of shared and exclusive jurisdiction, restrictions on employment tribunal jurisdiction and the handling of employment cases in civil courts involving employment and discrimination matters. The consultation questions include whether employment tribunals should have jurisdiction for breach of contract claims while employment continues [Q10], whether the £25,000 breach of contract claim limit should be raised [Q12] and whether the breach of contract jurisdiction should be extended to workers and the self-employed [Q21, Q22, Q23]. For further information, see LNB News 27/09/2018 41.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): All proceedings in employment tribunals in England, Wales and Scotland during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and until further notice are operating in accordance with the Presidential guidance and directions now issued, which profoundly affect normal practice. See Practice Note: Operation of employment tribunals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for full information.

This Practice Note examines the jurisdiction of the employment tribunal to hear claims for breach of contract under the Employment Tribunals Extension of Jurisdiction (England and Wales) Order 1994 (ET Extension

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